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REPAIRED B-17's WHICH BOMBED GERMANY - The American 447 Bomb Group was a part of the Third Air Division.  This group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses out of England against targets in German occupied territory in Europe.

Twenty-three year old Corporal Jesse Archer of Cherokee was a member of the ground crews servicing the flying Forts.  His job as a radio mechanic, was to keep the planes flying by making needed repairs.  He played an important part in the success of the bombing attacks through his continual maintenance of all radio equipment in the Forts assigned to his care.

Often the huge planes returned to their based badly shot up, with communications lines severed and other radio equipment battered.  It was then that Cpl. Archer used the skill he had acquired during the years he was in service to repair the damage, so that the Forts may take off the next day to continue their attacks against the Nazis.

The Third Air Division was cited by the President of the United States for the historic England-Africa shuttle mission bombing of the Messerschmitt factories at Regensburg, Germany.

Jesse (Bud) Archer was the son of Mr. & Mrs. G. Archer of Cherokee.  He entered the Armed Forces in October 1942.  Prior to that, he was employed by the Gambles Store in Cherokee.

 Source: Cherokee County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol 14, Num 12, Dec 1979, Sec IV, Pg 4.  

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